Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Julie's 25 years of work experience is balanced between the engineering and management consulting work she did in the first half of her career and her work as an analyst for the past 12 years. The combination of technical and business expertise positions prepared her well to work with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. She has worked with hundreds of clients across retail, travel, banking, insurance, CPG, healthcare, retail, and more to advise and guide the development of their mobile strategies.

Julie's research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, RCR Wireless, and The Onion and on CBS, NBC, and PBS.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Education

Julie holds a B.S.E.E. and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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  • eBusiness & Channel Strategy
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  • Past 18 months
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How US Online Consumers Research And Buy Credit Cards

    Online Capabilities Are Crucial To The Purchase Journey

    Credit cards remain the top selling financial product in the US, even though sales are significantly lower than before the financial crisis. Prospects shopping for a new credit card have clear goals...

    • Downloads: 94
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 European Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Garanti Tops Our Review Of European Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the retail mobile banking offerings of 11 retail banks across Europe on more than 35 criteria. The banks have laid strong...

    • Downloads: 306
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2014: Global eCommerce Mandates Multiple Touchpoints And Business Models

    Eight Trends Set To Impact The Industry

    The past year saw a surge in eCommerce revenues around the globe, and 2014 will be no different. eCommerce brands in every country will continue to spread their global wings, expanding their...

    • Downloads: 649
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Saving The Payer Role In Population Health Management

    Following the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, the US healthcare market is seeing a shift from traditional payer-based care management to provider-driven population health management (PHM)....

    • Downloads: 94
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Retail eCommerce In Brazil: Key Metrics 2014

    Understanding KPIs In Latin America's Largest eCommerce Market

    The Retail eCommerce In Brazil series summarizes the results of a survey that Forrester Research conducted together with E-Commerce Brasil in August and September 2014. In this survey, respondents...

    • Downloads: 114
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 US Bank Digital Sales Benchmark

    Bank Of America Tops Our Review Of US Banks' Sales Functionality

    We used our Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the public websites of the five largest retail banks in the US. This benchmark covers 36 criteria across four categories...

    • Downloads: 248
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How US Online Consumers Research And Buy Mortgages

    Homebuyers And Refinancers Have Complex Purchase Journeys

    The mortgage purchase journey is complex, with customers using a mix of digital and human touchpoints to research and then buy mortgages. The journey differs depending on whether the customer is...

    • Downloads: 115
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Retail eCommerce In Brazil: Team Headcount, Priorities And Challenges

    Understanding eCommerce Teams And Their Key Initiatives

    The Retail eCommerce In Brazil series summarizes the results of a survey that Forrester Research conducted together with E-Commerce Brasil in August and September 2014. In this survey, respondents...

    • Downloads: 82
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Customer Advocacy 2014: How US Consumers Rate Their Financial Institutions

    Customers Rate Their Banks, Credit Card Providers, Insurers, And Investment Firms

    The traditional competitive barriers in retail financial services are crumbling. Digital touchpoints render branch distribution strength impotent. Digital technologies are cheaper and easier to...

    • Downloads: 271
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Develop A Data-Driven Digital Business

    Short-Sighted Analytics Are Hindering Digital Leaders

    Forrester's digital maturity model defines measurement as one of the four key pillars of transformation, yet too many eBusiness professionals lack the customer-centric, cross-touchpoint insight...

    • Downloads: 205
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Benchmarking B2B eCommerce Sales And Marketing Initiatives

    Benchmarks: The B2B eCommerce Playbook

    Forrester partnered with Internet Retailer magazine to survey business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce professionals and produce first-of-their-kind sell-side B2B eCommerce benchmarks. The survey...

    • Downloads: 480
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Make The Right Digital Decisions To Drive Canadian Usage-Based Insurance Sales

    Rate Reform Creates Powerful Incentive For Effective Digital Sales

    Canada and the US may share a border and consumer attitudes about usage-based insurance, but they don't share a common approach to the digital strategies for promoting these insurance options. With...

    • Downloads: 118
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 Canadian Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    The Big Five Canadian Banks Have Improved Their Mobile Offerings

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the mobile banking offerings of the five largest retail banks in Canada across more than 35 criteria. This report is...

    • Downloads: 314
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 US Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Chase And U.S. Bank Top Our Review Of US Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the retail mobile banking services of the five largest retail banks in the US across more than 35 criteria. The banks have...

    • Downloads: 533
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:European Cross-Channel Retail Sales Forecast, 2013 To 2018

    Tracking The Growing Influence Of The Web On European Retail Brick-And-Mortar Sales

    By 2018, Forrester forecasts that 44% of all retail sales in Europe will be offline sales that are influenced by the Web. The growth of these cross-channel retail sales emphasizes the importance of a...

    • Downloads: 318
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Aetna Acquires Bswift To Address The Retailization Of Health Insurance

    Health Insurers Must Increase Focus On The Entire Customer Life Cycle

    On November 3, 2014, Aetna announced the acquisition of bswift for approximately $400 million. Bswift is one of the most prominent standalone healthcare exchange technology platforms yet to be...

    • Downloads: 86
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2015: North American Digital Insurance

    eBusiness Executives Must Drive Digital Business Transformation

    Disrupt or be disrupted. That's the challenge facing American and Canadian insurers in 2015. Customer experience expectations, their willingness to consider a growing array of new options to buy...

    • Downloads: 120
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2013 Canadian Bank Online Sales Rankings

    Royal Bank Of Canada Retains The Top Spot

    Checking accounts are one of the top selling financial products in Canada, and 17% of applicants apply online. To help digital banking teams benchmark their websites and plan future improvements,...

    • Downloads: 222
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Capture The Global eCommerce Opportunity

    Landscape: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    Gone are the days when most brands offered just one or two international sites: Today, a global eCommerce footprint is the end goal. To reach that goal, companies are taking a strategic look at the...

    • Downloads: 1926
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Five Global Marketplaces All Brands Must Know

    The Opportunities For Brand Owners On Amazon, eBay, MercadoLibre, Rakuten, And Tmall

    The global expansion process has changed substantially over the past five years, with eBusiness leaders no longer expanding internationally just by launching a series of direct-to-consumer websites....

    • Downloads: 339
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Retail eCommerce In Brazil: Marketing And Site Features

    A Look At The Most Effective Customer Acquisition Tactics And Most Popular Site Features

    The Retail eCommerce In Brazil series summarizes the results of a survey that Forrester Research conducted together with E-Commerce Brasil in August and September 2014. In this survey, respondents...

    • Downloads: 106
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The eBusiness Professional's Blueprint For Strategy In The Age Of The Customer

    Four Imperatives To Establish New Competitive Advantage

    Your customers, empowered by technology, can leave at any moment. To retain their loyalty, companies like Hilton Worldwide and The Home Depot plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to redefine...

    • Downloads: 320
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Build A Pervasive Corporate Mobile Competency

    Organization: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    Mobile strategy has evolved since 2010. Then, a mobile strategy equated to a mobile services road map and technology platform choices. An individual or small team could both create a strategy and...

    • Downloads: 605
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Understand The Digital Business Landscape

    Landscape: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    To survive and thrive in the age of the customer, businesses must become digital. As an eBusiness professional, you face the growing reality that your customers, your touchpoints, your competitors,...

    • Downloads: 754
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Good Alone, Better Together: Integrating Chat And Virtual Agents

    Creating Seamless Customer Service Interactions Is Key To Meeting Customer Expectations

    Increasingly, organizations are turning to live chat and virtual agent tools in order to keep pace with the ever-demanding consumer. And for good reason: the ability to scale immediate, contextual...

    • Downloads: 175